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Research Vessel Visits Fiji

Australia’s new marine research vessel, Investigator, will visit Fiji today on its first ever port of call, making a one-day stop in Lautoka to resupply. Since the ship was commissioned
01 Jul 2016 08:39
Research Vessel Visits Fiji
The research ship ‘Investigator’.

Australia’s new marine research vessel, Investigator, will visit Fiji today on its first ever port of call, making a one-day stop in Lautoka to resupply.

Since the ship was commissioned in 2014, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has operated Investigator to provide the Pacific with a world-class oceanic and atmospheric research vessel.

Investigator has an extensive range of scientific equipment on board and is able to study the deepest parts of the region’s oceans.

The research being conducted on the ship’s current voyage has involved analysing over 5000 ocean water samples at depths of up to 6000 metres as part of an international programme to monitor long term changes in the environment. This data helps identify the ocean’s role in climate variability and change, and sea level rise – information vital to Australia and neighbouring Pacific islands.

Investigator left Hobart, Australia on Monday April 25 for its current voyage. The vessel’s research on this voyage has taken it from the edge of the Antarctic sea ice to the equator.  It is due back in Hobart on Thursday July 14.

Source: Australian High Commission

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